Fondation Integration Pour Tous

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Fondation Integration Pour Tous

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$1,000 - $10,000
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Christine Theodoloz-Walker has transformed the way the Swiss public and private systems support individuals who have lost jobs due to their health. With Intégration Pour Tous (IPT), Christine has created a revolutionary path to help people get back to work, and has transformed the Swiss social welfare system using a model that can easily be transferred to other European contexts and beyond.

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Christine, who had an early career in the Swiss insurance and health care systems, has developed an individualized process to support the hundreds of thousands of people in Switzerland denied employment due to ill health. Believing that everyone is employable, Christine works to understand their abilities and supports them to re-enter the workforce. With an assortment of innovative tools, she offers personalized evaluations, coaching, training, and work placements to thousands of Swiss people each year, shifting their energy from seeking an appropriate insurance scheme to finding a job. Over the past 12 years, Christine has refined and improved her methodology and intervened at the earliest stage of people's health problems. Her efforts help prevent them from falling into unemployment and dependency. By focusing on individuals, Christine has carved out a neutral position. With a case management approach, she has formed partnerships with all public and private stakeholders who subsidize, support, and potentially employ people (social welfare organizations, employment agencies, public and private invalidity insurance companies, and businesses). She then leverages these partnerships to get unemployed individuals back on the path to employment. Because she identifies and strengthens each individual's competencies, she has given the business sector access to a vast, untapped workforce of highly motivated persons. Christine has placed tens of thousands of workers in long-term employment and demonstrated the employability of assisted groups. In 2002, Christine managed to convince the world's largest reinsurance company of the economic value of her work-and of the hundreds of millions of Swiss francs they and society were being saved. The insurance companies and public institutions initially contracted out to her to handle complex cases have progressively taken on her best practices and shifted their missions. This shift in private practices eventually forced the public sector to recognize IPT's impact, and led to the reform of the 2008 Swiss Invalidity Insurance Law. This reform essentially shifted social aid from assistance to support for job re-entry through an improved provision of public social services. Having partnered with a number of international insurance and reinsurance companies, Christine is seeking the best ways to trigger similar changes in neighboring countries and across Europe.